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No-contract mobile plans compared: Verizon Edge, AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump

Ian Paul | July 19, 2013
Competition intensifies among wireless carriers.

The truth about uncarriers
It's nice to see the carriers trying out new payment options, but in reality these full retail plans don't really let you out of multi-year commitments.

The carriers may not have a contract to hold over your head but, just as before, you still have to buy your way out. With these plans at least you're not paying a nebulous early termination fee or some other penalty. Instead, you have to fork over the full retail cost of the device.

That's a nice advantage, but not everyone will be able to come up with the extra $400 to $500 just to jump ship early. If you do decide to cancel before you're monthly payments end just remember to ask your carrier to unlock the phone before you leave.


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